Materials Science and Engineering News
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings challenge long-held theories about some catalysts, opening the door to new or improved renewable energy applications.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Putting a film of the crystalline material perovskite on top of a silicon solar cell increases the cell's efficiency nearly 50 percent, Stanford engineers say.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Four students and two faculty advisors create portable device that can detect hepatitis B infections in minutes to win one of five awards in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to improve diagnostic devices.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Stanford's Yi Cui and colleagues have created a lithium-ion battery that alerts users to potential overheating and fire.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Device is used to monitor brain pressure in lab mice as prelude to possible use with human patients; future applications of this pressure-sensing technology could lead to touch-sensitive “skin” for prosthetic devices.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Stanford scientists and an international research group receive funding to advance solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy.
Stanford team developing gel-like padding that could help cells survive injection and heal spinal cord injuries
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
A team of engineers and scientists is developing a gel to help protect cells from the trauma of being injected into an injury site. The work could help speed cell-based therapies for spinal cord injuries and other types of damage.
Monday, September 15, 2014
A team including Stanford engineers discovers that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The professor is an expert on developing inorganic nanostructures for semiconductor and energy applications.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The development could lead to smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
A team led by Yi Cui, an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering and at SLAC, is working to make a better battery by making the cathode of sulfur instead of today's lithium-cobalt oxide.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Using high-brilliance X-rays, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that will help make large-scale alternative energy power systems more practical and reliable.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Computer simulation shows how to make a crystal that would toggle like a light switch between conductive and non-conductive structures. This could lead to flexible electronic materials and, for instance, enable a cell phone to be woven into a shirt.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Researchers have developed a new battery technology that captures waste heat and converts it into electricity.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In the quest to reduce solar energy costs, Stanford engineers survey how researchers are trying to get more bang per buck inside the silicon crystals where light meets matter to make energy.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Researchers invent a process to 'dope' carbon filaments with an additive to improve their electronic performance, paving the way for digital devices that bend.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Clustering silicon nanoparticles overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, researchers say.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Sigrid Close, an assistant professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Jennifer Dionne, an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Three-year, $1.165 million award to Professor Reinhold Dauskardt is part of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to make solar fully competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A new study by Stanford scientists overturns a widely held explanation for how organic photovoltaics turn sunlight into electricity.
Friday, November 15, 2013
A team of Stanford engineers and SLAC scientists has made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices.